Verilux – Committed to Community Partnerships
Contributing to communities locally, nationally and world-wide is a focal point for Verilux. The best way to improve our community and have a cleaner and healthier environment is through donations and creating partnerships with health and environmental organizations. Working with each community partner helps build understanding of healthy living and how it impacts our communities. Verilux was inspired by a desire to improve your quality of life through healthy lighting and we are proud to provide access to healthy lighting for organizations with limited resources.
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. It is campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. It is independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. No government is beyond scrutiny. No situation is beyond hope.
Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. For more than a century, Audubon has built a legacy of conservation success by mobilizing the strength of its network of members, Chapters, Audubon Centers, state offices and dedicated professional staff to connect people with nature and the power to protect it.
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. It places special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources.
Child Aid's mission is development through literacy in Guatemala. It focuses on rural villages where illiteracy is disproportionately affecting indigenous people. Child Aid achieves this mission through an integrated, multi-year program that provides teacher training, librarian training, and the distribution of over 100,000 Spanish language children’s books to schools and libraries.
The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont. COTS advocates for long-term solutions to end homelessness. The story of COTS begins in 1982, when a group of concerned community members and organizations first come together to address the needs of the growing homeless population in Burlington.
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute provides rehabilitation services for people with short- and long-term health conditions, injuries and disabilities in communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The Institute strives to make it easier for clients and families to get the right services for their needs and reduce costs by preventing complications.
The Friends of the Mad River is a private, non-profit organization committed to protecting, improving and enhancing the ecological, recreational, and community values of the Mad River and its watershed. Founded in 1990, the Friends work to achieve this goal through research, education, advocacy and cooperative partnerships with neighbors, businesses, governments and other organizations. It works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the Mad River and its watershed, and help find solutions to problems facing this precious community resource.
Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace challenges the systems of power and privilege that destroy the environment and place disproportionate, burdens on vulnerable communities. Greenpeace, knows from nature that diversity is essential to life on the planet and success in our organization.
The Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) is the only bi-state organization solely dedicated to protecting Lake Champlain’s health and accessibility. It uses science-based advocacy, education, and collaborative action to protect and restore water quality, safeguard natural habitats and ensure recreational access. LCC was founded in 1963 by New York and Vermont citizens to prevent the lake from becoming an international commercial seaway for oceangoing vessels. Since then they have played a role in every major lake issue, from preventing a nuclear power plant on the Charlotte, Vermont shore to developing an international water quality agreement to reduce nutrient pollution. Throughout its history LCC has based their positions on sound science, provided a whole-lake perspective on issues, and helped craft solutions to water quality problems.
The Lakeview Foundation affirms and supports the vision and mission of Lakeview Health System. The Foundation is committed to being the eyes that see and the ears that hear the health and wellness needs of the community. The Foundation is also committed to giving voice to those needs within the community and communicating them to the System. Creating strong partnerships within the community unites the St. Croix Valley and facilitates its thriving future. Lakeview Foundation works collaboratively with other foundations to enhance the health and wellness of the community.
Verilux has donated cash and lighting equipment to Lighthouse International’s Vision Rehabilitation Services. In 2003 Verilux formally partnered with Lighthouse International to assist them in their work with the visually impaired. To launch the partnership, Verilux donated 300 HappyEyes Floor Lamps to Lighthouse International for distribution to underprivileged families. Lighthouse International is a not-for-profit organization whose work enables people with varying degrees of vision impairment to lead independent and productive lives. Lighthouse International funds education and research initiatives while acting as a resource and advocate for individuals and groups in the community. Several Verilux fixtures are approved by Lighthouse International for use by people who are visually impaired.
The Mad River Valley Community Fund is a non-profit organization established in 1989 to specifically respond to the needs of Mad River Valley residents. The Mad River Valley Community Fund was established in 1989 to to provide interim and confidential assistance to those residents of the community who need help but whose needs are not covered by existing assistance programs.
Mercy Corps provides services to distressed areas suffering from sudden unforeseen problems such as a natural disaster, economic collapse, or conflict. It strives to bring aid as quickly as possible from bringing in food and supplies to enabling people to rebuild their economy with community-driven and market-led programs. Mercy Corps serves an area for extended periods of time to foster local entrepreneurship, rebuild social capital, and stimulate markets through "cash for work" programs and a variety of lending models.
Mercy Home provides kids in crisis with the support and guidance they need to realize their own potential and make positive decisions. Whether living full time at Mercy Home, participating in activities with other former residents through its AfterCare program, or spending a few hours a month with a positive adult role model, young people have many opportunities at Mercy Home to build successful futures.
National Wildlife Federation is a voice for wildlife, dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat and inspiring the future generation of conservationists. National Wildlife Federation works closely with those who span the social and political spectrum, but who are connected by a common commitment to conservation.
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. It addresses the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale. Thanks to the support of more than 1 million members, it has built a tremendous record of success since its founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide — and operates more than 100 marine conservation projects globally.
Africa ELI works by bridging gender gaps through education, girls and young women in South Sudan will become empowered to serve as national, local and family leaders, engage in business enterprise, improve health practices and effectively counteract forces of conflict and oppression. Educated women will lead in developing a peaceful, civil society offering equal opportunities for all its citizens.
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail protects and stewards our water trail and fosters community vitality to promote inspiring outdoor experiences in the Northern Forest Region. As the best water trail in North America, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail provides access to the natural beauty of its region and route. Through quality management and collaborative community partnerships, the trail contributes to the economic resilience of the region and promotes the health of its lands and waters.
NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of nearly 500 lawyers, scientists and other professionals. Its dedicated staff works with businesses, elected leaders, and community groups on the biggest issues we face today.
Open Hearth Community Center, Inc. is a Vermont non-profit organization founded in 2002 dedicated to supporting the youth and families of the Mad River Valley with quality multi-generational programs and recreational facilities. It accomplishes this by partnering with other local organizations, leveraging its expertise in youth and afterschool programming, and embracing new initiatives brought to it by community members striving to meet an important need.
Founded over 75 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world. It works in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. In 2014, Plan worked with 86,676 communities. Its work areas had a population of 164.9 million people - including 81.5 million children. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.
Shelter for the Homeless is the only regional shelter in lower Fairfield County, CT serving the four-town area of Stamford, Darien, Greenwich and New Canaan. The shelter typically houses 60-82 men, and can accommodate up to 110 men during extreme-weather months. The shelter provides overnight emergency beds for men, and operates a drop-in day program that provides case management services for men and women.
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Its successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, the Sierra Club made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.
Soundkeeper is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the biological, physical, and chemical integrity of Long Island Sound and its watershed. Soundkeeper is the voice and action of concerned citizens in making the waters of Long Island Sound fishable and swimmable. By raising awareness and attacking critical issues with the commitment and support of a dedicated citizen network, Soundkeeper is the advocate for the Sound. Its daily work is patrolling, investigating, intervening, and raising public awareness of the Sound’s problems.
SoundWaters is the #1 choice of schools that study the science of Long Island Sound, with over two decades of experience in creating and providing science programs aboard its 80-foot teaching schooner and at its Coastal Education Center. The schooner offers programs from April to November for students of all ages and the Center is free and open to the public, and home to hundreds of species native to Long Island Sound as well as a learning laboratory. It is uniquely positioned on Long Island Sound and surrounded by diverse inter-tidal habitats that engage its students with hands-on science enrichment right outside the Center.
Susan G. Komen's mission is pretty simple: to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen educates, supports research, offers grants that provide financial and emotional assistance and advocate for better breast cancer policy. They empower others, ensure quality care for all, and invest in science to find the cures.
The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to workto solve the planet’s most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country,it combines technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative,practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.
UNICEF does whatever it takes to save and protect the world's most vulnerable children. Forty years ago, UNICEF figured out that promoting simple, low-cost interventions like hand washing and breastfeeding could save millions of lives. Undaunted by war or geography, UNICEF delivers.
The Vision of the Valley Friendship Club creates the opportunity for every person with and without a developmental and/or intellectual disability to build enduring friendships and embrace community connections while enhancing the lives of all individuals involved: members, families and volunteers!!
The Mad River Valley's Community Theater, The Valley Players is in its thirtieth consecutive year of successful community theater in Waitsfield, Vermont and it invites everyone to participate in its wide variety of activities.
VCLF is a mission-driven, community-focused alternative lender. It makes loans to local businesses, community organizations and nonprofits, child care providers and developers of affordable housing who don't qualify for a loan from a traditional lender. It combines its loans with financial consulting and business development services to make sure its borrowers have access to everything they need to succeed.
The towns of the Mad River Valley, Vermont play host in August to one of the most diverse festivals in New England. With more than 100 quality arts-related events and activities, the Vermont Festival of the Arts is designed to entertain the soul, enlighten the mind, and energize the spirit. Because this is a multi-dimensional, multi-media, multi-age series of events, there is truly something for everyone. The goal of the Vermont Festival of the Arts is to provide a platform for the myriad arts events that already exist and to encourage new events.
The mission of the Vermont Foodbank is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont will go hungry. Hunger is a problem for 153,000 Vermonters who rely on the state's charitable food system each year. Through a network of 225 agencies, the Vermont Foodbank helps feed as many as 1 in 4 Vermonters each year.
For over forty years, VNRC has been Vermont’s leader in protecting and restoring the state's natural resources and communities. By building coalitions, working together, and offering common sense solutions, VNRC has set the standard for an approach to environmental protection that endures.
The Women’s Fund works to improve the lives of young women and girls in Vermont by targeting philanthropic giving, forging statewide strategic partnerships, funding research, and supporting programs that address their fundamental economic, educational, and social needs. Since 2011, the Women’s Fund has focused on supporting women and girls ages 15-25 as they make the crucial transition to adulthood.
Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Waitsfield, Vermont offers over 100 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft including a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design and green building. Yestermorrow is one of the only design/build schools in the country, teaching both design and construction skills. Its hands-on courses are taught by top architects, builders, and craftspeople from across the country.